Learn How To Recognize God's Voice with Rick Warren

Published 2014-10-07
God wants to speak to you — but how do you know whether an idea you get in your mind is from him? Pastor Rick Warren teaches seven ways to test your ideas, impressions, and thoughts to know with absolute certainty you are hearing the voice of God. Ask yourself these questions: Does it agree with the bible? Does it make me more like Christ? Does my church family confirm it? Is it consistent with how God shaped me? Does it concern my responsibility? It is convicting rather than condemning? Do I sense God's peace about it? Pastor Rick explains all of these questions and more in this message.


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All Comments (21)
  • Cracker Dan
    Somthing I want to share.
    I was driving and praying.
    Suddenly I felt chills and started to tear up.
    I kept praying and it felt like I was being carried.
    I just knew it was Gods love.
    I want to feel that for ever there is nothing like it. I prayed for at least 45 min while driving. I just couldn't stop.
    I started to wonder if any one has prayed for God himself. So I said God I am praying for you that you may have no stress. I then asked God how do you do it and keep your sanity jokingly with him.
    He spoke to me and said Love.
    It was like I knew that he said it all along being carried over the waters.
    He wants me to share this with everyone.
    I always thought I was close to God. I have never felt like I felt when I was praying during that drive.
    It is so real and overwhelming.
    God is great!
  • Benedet Kaaria
    7 Years later and this message has become a blessing to me
  • HectorVazquexX
    7 Questions Filter to Know When God's Speaking to You:

    1. Does it agree with the Bible?
    2. Does it make me more like Christ?
    3. Does my church family confirm it?
    4. Is it consistent with how God has shaped me?
    5. Does it concern my responsability?
    6. Is it Convicting rather than Condeming?
    7. Do I sense God's Peace about it?
  • Peace Enema
    This message was posted here 6 years ago and it still feels like it was preached today…. Truly the word of God is ever new. No matter how long it’s been. God bless you Papa Rick Warren.
  • zafire 777
    Beautiful sermon. This really lifted my soul here, previously feeling all alone and stressed, in Lagos, Nigeria. God is UNIVERSALLY GOOD and I'm glad I tuned in.
  • Sharma Wade
    Pastor Rick Warren, Thank you so much for teaching this lesson.👏🏾👍🏾 I’ve been asking God the very questions you taught on.🤲🏾🙌🏾 And Thank you to the other man of god for his part with teaching this lesson. I’ve received so many godly nuggets that must be corrected with my relationship with Christ. Forever grateful to you for allowing God to use you as a vessel to get this lesson to those seeking for more of Him, and to those who want to know Him. All honor, glory and praise to our Lord and Only Savior Jesus Christ, King 👑 of kings, Lord of lords 🙌🏾
  • Samson Ronald
    Personal notes from Sermon:

    Discerning Gods Voice

    1. It doesn’t contradict with his word.
    2. It makes us more like Jesus
    3. It's not self serving
    4. It's not envious, bitter rather considerate and peace loving
    5. It makes u humble
    6. Even a fool can criticize but only matured mind sees the beauty in every person
    7. Does my church family confirm it?
    8. Is it consistent with how God shaped me?
    9. God's leading will not contradict to what he's gifted you to do
    10. Does it concern my responsibility?
    11. Lord if there is any sin in my life that's an obstacle to your blessings to me and others
    Then please reveal it to me I'll confess and repent of if.
    12. If God speaks to you about others follow the below points
    • Be patient n pray (God might need you to just pray for them)
    • You might be confirming what God already spoke to them
    13. Is it convicting rather than condemning?
    14. Satan – Condemns
    God – Convicts, takes condemnation on himself and forgives
    15. Do I sense God’s peace about it? (God is not author of confusion)
  • Jasmine Lockwood
    Glad we watched this. Saved a lot of us keeping from depression, and paranoia. In Jesus name we are healed, and it is beautiful to see such a godly Shepard to guide us sheep
  • Nicole Ryan
    Dear Father I am a parent with mental health illness and I am slowly getting along with my family members better but the road is not easy as I would like it to be but I pray for your guiding hand in helping me succeed in living God's will
  • Carolina Reyes
    I talk to God every time and God talks back to me since I was young, decades ago. He always guides me and protects me at all times. Many miracles happens everywhere at all times. God wants us to have relationship with Him. Our Father in heaven through Christ our Lord together with the unity of the Holy Spirit, all Three in One, Loves us Eternally forever and always. Amen.
  • Lucy Arroyo
    I was in a bad place and thank you God that i came across this lecture.
  • Kiah Williams
    I am on my spiritual journey trying to find God again, I thought I could do things myself but God has showed me I cannot do it by myself I need him... I started smoking, drinking and I never smoked or drink before even when things got rough but the devil really knows how to do it, he comes to steal, kill and destroy. This is my first day I'm on a fast and I just need God because my life has not been going good, I felt like giving up but I know that's what Satan wants me to do... so I'm trying to change my life and my ways and walk with Jesus because he's the way!
  • 4LADYSWEET
    I think it’s truly amazing to see how many views this video has! It is so important to know and hear God’s voice 💕
  • Yari
    This preaching was a blessing for me today,thank you God and thank you for this brother.💖...i needed this clarity.
  • John Behneman
    GREAT MESSAGE PASTOR RICK!!! I LEARNED SO MUCH!!!! TOTALLY AWSOME EDUCATION. THANKS FOR SHARING!!!! A MUST-WATCH!!!!
  • tish2424
    This such a great Sermon! God is so good..I really needed to hear this! God bless anyone Struggling with this..Amen🙏
  • Royal. Knights
    When something is true God will always make a way he will always open doors for you. If it causes you confusing and stress in any way it's a red flag means no. Praying and meditating on his words .Will always help increase your faith . Don't worry who's ahead of you, for when your ready God will know and make a way no matter what... Always remember we must repair our self before recieveing an any upgrade from God. Secret levels of life. Be true to your self and others. Many blessing .
  • Scott King
    When I was young, I waited on God to speak to me in paragraphs, but as I mature I hear Him most often in single a word, or oftentimes, an incomplete sentence. A word or an incomplete sentence that speaks volumes. Amen
  • Prayer:

    Lord Jesus, I thank you for your Word and promise that you have overcome any temptation I may be facing. I rely on your help, love, joy, mercy and grace every day of my life. Always remind me, to turn to you first to help me, no matter what the challenge is. Nothing can separate us from Your love. With you, Lord Jesus, I am always on the winning team. Thank you.

    In your Holy Name, I pray,

    Amen.